TikTok’s clone that ‘messed’ with the Internet, Zynn, has recently made headlines for being removed from Google Play Store. Now, Apple has also announced that it has taken the app down from its App Store as reports of plagiarism on the platform surfaced, as well as a controversy for a reward scheme.
Before the app got removed from the App Store, a Zynn spokesperson stated that its issues with plagiarism were minor and that the company was ‘in communication with both Google and Apple to ensure compliance with their guidelines and regulations.’
“We understand this happened due to complaints raised on user-uploaded videos,” said the spokesperson, regarding the app’s removal from the Google Play Store. “This is an isolated incident that has triggered a routine investigation from Google’s platform. Upon receiving the notice, we immediately removed the problematic video and blocked the user from uploading any additional videos before providing further proof of copyright.”
The company’s description of its plagiarism issue has been contradicted by a recent report from Wired, which showcases a more expanded pattern of misbehaviors. Several TikTok users have discovered their content videos on Zynn with user profile impersonating them, and in some cases, content backdated even before the app launched.
Long-Running Battle for Power
Zynn became available on both iOS and Android in May and raised to popularity rather quickly, becoming one of the top downloaded applications on both platforms. This increase in popularity was mainly due to the app’s rewarding scheme, which paid users for signing up, watching videos, and getting others to sign up as well.
The app’s rise and fall is part of a long-lasting battle between two tech giants: Zynn’s parent company Kuaishou, and ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company. The two companies have been battling for control in China’s competitive video-sharing market. Now, as TikTok has succeeded in the West as well, the battle extended into the United States, too.
“This [plagiarism issue] came about as Zynn is gaining popularity in the US, and many users are uploading content and building their own communities,” said the spokesperson. “Zynn has always been an ardent supporter of original content. Zynn respects and requires creators to abide by local copyright laws. Zynn provides users with a one-click complaint feature to protect creators’ rights.”
However, the company has to convince Apple and Google of these facts.